High Court quashes suspension of GP who was alleged to have been involved in a “cash for crash” scam

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 02 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7455
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The High Court has quashed a decision by the UK General Medical Council to suspend a GP from practice pending a full hearing on misconduct charges, ruling that it was “neither necessary, desirable or proportionate.”

Judge Mark Gosnell’s judgment in the case of Abdul Rashid, which was delivered in September but has just become available, came less than a month before a High Court ruling in another case that the interim suspension of a hospital consultant was “heavy-handed and disproportionate.”1

The decisions raise concerns about the readiness of interim order panels to suspend doctors in advance of disciplinary hearings, depriving them of their right to practise and their livelihood …

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